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TCU Basketball Preview Series: South Dakota State

We are counting down the days to the start of the 2015-2016 TCU Basketball season with daily previews of the Frogs' opponents. Our journey continues today with a look at the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

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Day three of our TCU Basketball schedule preview brings us a never-before-seen matchup between the TCU Horned Frogs and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

Game 3: South Dakota State Jackrabbits

Game Information

Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: 1:00 PM
Location: Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena - Fort Worth, TX
TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus

Know the Foe

Conference: Summit
Location: Brookings, South Dakota
Head Coach: Scott Nagy

2014-2015 Record: 24-11 (12-4)
Postseason: NIT Second Round
Key Losses: F Cody Larson
Key Returners: G Deondre Parks, G George Marshall, G Jake Bittle
New Additions: G Beau Brown, G Cole Gentry, F Adam Dykman

Summary

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits were named Champions of the Summit League in the regular season, earning the team a spot in the NIT. The 2015-2016 version of the Jackrabbits looks to be just as lethal as the 2014-2015 version. SDSU returns a huge chunk of their scoring from last season including a trio of guards in Deondre Parks, George Marshall, and Jake Bittle that combined to score nearly 40 points per game.

Head coach Scott Nagy returns for his 22nd season in Brookings, engineering a fast-paced offense that finished in the top quarter in the country in both scoring and field goal percentage last season. The addition of four freshmen that all averaged near 20 points per game in high school could make the Jackrabbits' offense even more lethal.

Prediction

TCU 73, South Dakota State 70

South Dakota State presents the first formidable opponent for the Frogs this season. Pressure will be on the TCU defense to keep the high-flying Jackrabbits in check. If the TCU offense can score with some regularity, the Frogs should emerge with their second straight 3-0 start to the season.

SDSU Preview Infographic

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Opponent Team Previews:
Game 1: Southeastern Louisiana
Game 2: Houston Baptist
Game 3: South Dakota State
Game 4: Rhode Island (10/16)
Game 5: Maryland /Illinois State (10/18)
Game 6: SMU (10/19)
Game 7: Colgate (10/20)
Game 8: Washington (10/21)
Game 9: Prairie View A&M (10/22)
Game 10: Abilene Christian (10/23)
Game 11: Bradley (10/24)
Game 12: Delaware State (10/25)
Games 13 & 24: Oklahoma State (10/26)
Games 14 & 25: West Virginia (10/27)
Games 15 & 20: Texas (10/28)
Games 16 & 29: Baylor (10/30)
Games 17 & 23: Kansas (10/31)
Games 18 & 28: Texas Tech (11/1)
Games 19 & 27: Iowa State (11/2)
Game 21: Tennessee (11/3)
Games 22 & 31: Oklahoma (11/4)
Games 26 & 30: Kansas State (11/5)